VELLORE: Crime Branch of the Criminal Investigations Department (CB-CID) has started an inquiry in alleged custodial death of Shameel Ahmed, who was allegedly beaten up by the Pallikonda police and said to have sustained injuries during illegal police detention. He died at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai without responding to treatment on June 26.
On Thursday, CB-CID officials headed by Nagajothi, superintendent of police started their inquiry with six members, including police personnel of Palikonda station at Otteri office and Ahmed’s father-in-law N K Mohammed Ghouse, according to a source in the department.
Followed by death of Shameel Ahmed, hundreds of youth indulged in anti-social activities and a clash erupted between the mob and police, which left 38 police personnel injured.
A case was registered against Pallikonda station C Martin Premraj and six other policemen — special inspector of police Sabarathinam and constables Nagaraj, Ayyappan, Murali, Suresh and Muniyan — following a complaint by the victim’s family and the case was transferred to CB-CID. Inspector Premraj was placed under suspension by orders from DGP Ashok Kumar.
Ahmed’s relatives claimed he was detained in the quarters allocated to Premraj between June 15 and 19.